In-Depth post # 6 (new tricks!)

Welcome back to my In-depth project of tricking! This post will just be an update to where I am now, and with In-Depth night coming up soon in May, where I will be.

Lets start off with an update to my progress! I’ve continually been practicing the tricks that I’ve shown before, such as the 540 and the auto-bahn. But I’ve added two new tricks to my arsenal! Well…technically its one and a half, since I still haven’t landed the second trick. The first trick is……………………………..THE FRONT FLIP!
That’s right, I’ve moved onto flipping now! Without further ado, here is my best front flip attempt (and it took me a while to get it)

Too fast for you? HOW ABOUT IN SLOW MOTION?

Nitpicking time! Taking a look at my mentor’s front flip and mine, there are a few key differences: In my front flip, I rotate faster, but I also get way less height than in his front flip. Now you might think that this is a good thing, but it’s more important to have the height in order to safely complete the trick. Having such a low vertical means that I have to rotate much faster in order to land my flip, which puts a lot of pressure on my joins, and also gives me less margin of error in case I flip to far or too little. Next time I do it I would definitely try to jump up higher.

The second trick is quite similar to my first trick. If you haven’t guessed it yet, it is…………………………………. THE BACK FLIP!!!
At first glance, you might think that the back flip is harder than the front flip, but according to my mentor, that’s not true. The back flip is actually slightly safer as you can see where you’re going to land throughout the flip. However, on the front flip, you can’t see where you land until the split second before you land (if you go back to my front flip, you can see that I’m only looking forward in the last 1/4 of the flip). The main thing that is difficult about the back flip is the fear factor of going upside down and landing on your head. And I can tell you, when attempting this trick, it is very real indeed. Well enough talk, lets see it!

As you can see, I didn’t quite land it, but it was pretty close for my first ever attempt at a back flip. Now lets see it in SLOW MOTION

When I got my mentor, Serg to look at it, he said my technique was ok, but he recommended my to start off lower in a stronger stance and to grab my thighs in midair to prevent myself from opening up. This also gives my arms something to do, as you can see they’re awkwardly positioned the whole time. (The person I had spotting me was an instructor from my taekwondo who could also perform a backflip) It may be a while until my next back flip however: all the flips in this post were filmed on one day, and after I got home, my knee hurt when I put too much pressure on it. After a few days it started feeling better, but I want to make sure I heal completely before I do any other high degree of difficulty tricks.

Well that sums it up for the past two weeks! But moving forward, what am I going to do for my In-depth night presentation? Well, I’ve decided to compile many of my gifs ( I will film new ones) into a video to project onto the screen. If it’s under two minutes, I might also do a before and after, or a bloopers segment as well, so look forward to that!

That’s it for this blog post, I believe this is the last one until the actual In-depth night though I might be mistaken. I will post the final product as soon as I am finished. This is Kevin, signing off.

Journal (farmer)

Entry #1, 1773

Hi, my name is Abel de Sommes, and I am a farmer in France. I own a small farm on the outskirts of France; enough to feed my family of 4, as well as a little bit extra money that I use for other things. It’s currently the year 1773, and my crops are not doing so well due to the weather. Unfortunately when this happens I have no grain stores to fall back on, as I either sell or eat everything I grow. I have heard rumors of many different farming techniques however, such as “fertilization”. They sound much more efficient than my current strategy, which relies heavily on manual labor. Fortunately for us, I have a small amount of money saved up for emergencies, so that in the case of crop failure, my family can survive. As long as my crop is good next year, everything will return back to normal.

Entry #2, 1774

Bad, bad news. A hailstorm has just taken out my crops for a second strait year. Based off what I hear, other farmers in France are in the same boat I am.  If you thought last year’s bread prices were high, wait until you try and buy bread this year. The prices are going to go through the roof! There are rumors around town, speaking of a protest. Hopefully the harvest next year is good, all I want is to be able to feed my family.

Entry #3, 1775

The people have finally had enough. There was a riot in Dijon a week ago, and I bet many more are happening as I write. This new finance minister, Turgot abolished police regulations on grain, which prevent hording and keep prices stable. He instead introduced free trade, which lead to grain owners hoarding grain for themselves, driving the prices up even higher. Something has to happen, at this rate, we will all be staving by next year.

Entry #4, 1775

Well they finally sorted that out. After many more riots, hundreds, I heard, the king finally did something. First, he brought in soldiers, 25 thousand in fact. These soldiers arrest quite a few people, and even HUNG 2 of them, to send a message to us I guess. The last thing he did was he forced all the supply owners to sell their grain at a fixed price, which solved the problem… for now. But once you put the fear of famine in peoples heads, they will remember it for a very long time. I hear many talking of a revolution, but not enough for it to become a reality yet…

Entry #5, 1776

Since the riots, my life has been rather uneventful. I heard that Turgot got dismissed; about time, that guy lead us into this crisis to begin with. Hopefully this new  Jacques Necker will do a better job. I’m getting quite busy with planting seeds this time of year. I will update this Journal whenever I have the time. Until then, goodbye.

Memes for days – Dol #3

Never in a million years did I think I would be making memes in class. But alas, that day is here. For this document, I made three memes, one for each category: big idea, Hamilton, and current events. Some of the memes cross over into other categories, but I’ll explain that later.

My first meme is mainly about the big idea : disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies. Here it is:

jefferson slaves

I made this meme because I found it ironic Jefferson wanted freedom and yet still owned hundreds of slaves. For this meme, I used the saying: behind every great man is a great woman, and while Jefferson had a wife, he also had a lot of help from his slaves. This also somewhat corresponds with Hamilton as Jefferson was a important character in the play.

Now moving on to my second meme, which is mainly on Hamilton, but also connects with current events:

Bulls Meme






Now, if you’re not updated on the basketball world, you won’t understand this meme. BUT, ITS OK because I will explain it. The first part is obvious, Burr shot and killed Hamilton, but the 95-96 Bulls may be confusing. The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls basketball team currently holds the best regular season record of all time (72-10) and is considered by many to be the greatest of all time. My meme is based off many other memes using this team. The reason why it has come up so much is because the Golden State Warriors are at a point (as of now), where they can beat the record. They are currently at 71-10 with 1 game left to play. Earlier in the season, there were many comparing the two teams using the common phrase “but can the 15-16 Warriors beat the 95-96 Bulls”. It has even gone to the point when anyone does an impressive feat someone would say the phase “but can ________ (beat, defeat, outscore, etc) the 95-96 Bulls”. My meme is basically using the same format.

My last meme is on current events, and it’s no surprise that it’s about none other than TRUMP!

I dont always tell jokes








This one is pretty self-explanatory: Trump’s presidency is basically a joke, and who better than the most interesting man in the world to point out that fact?

Well those are my three memes, I hope you enjoyed them and maybe even laughed (even though they’re pretty lame).

In-depth post #5 – My first flip! (kinda)

Alright I’m back! And as promised from last week, I have learned the auto-bahn! True it may not be perfect, but that’s what practice is for!
Here is the trick:

The main thing I have to work on this trick is the height of my second kick, the hook kick. This may be just a flexibility thing, but I will keep practicing to see if I can get a better arc on this kick to make it look better.

Along with practicing the auto-bahn, I’ve also been working on my 540, as it is a very good basic kick that requires me to improve my rotation speed in the air in order to get a better trick. I’m going to show you my 540 from a few weeks ago to my 540 now, see if you can spot a difference:

If you haven’t read my previous posts, then I hope you picked the right clip as the more recent one, because it is. Now for an in-depth breakdown to these two clips. First off is my landing. I’ve stated in my previous post that I would like to work on my landing. As you can see in the left clip, when I land, most of my momentum is going downward as my rotation slows as soon as I hit the ground. My body also dips extremely before straitening up. After some analysis from my mentor, Serg, I worked on tightening my rotation by spinning faster and keeping my hands close to my body to stay aerodynamic. In the second clip, after I land I continue my rotation speed, which shows that I’ve made my landing softer and smoother. I also don’t dip my body quite as hard. Unfortunately, my cameraman missed the beginning of the second clip so I cannot analyse my movements before I take off. But just by looking at my landing, I’m confident I’m making strides in the right direction with the help from my mentor. Before I move on to an update about the demo team, I have another secret trick to show. I’m sure that you’ve noticed the title of this post. Now you must be wondering “Where is this flip that Kevin is talking about?”. WELL, HERE IT IS:

I’m going to be honest, I don’t know what this was. There is one thing I know for sure: this is one UGLY flip. I believe that this is in between a front handspring and a front flip. This is because I used my hands as support, however, as you can see in the video, I’ve put almost no weight on my arms as my momentum continues downward. I’m positive I could have done this without my arms if I had jumped a little bit higher, making it a front flip. Also, notice my awkward squat landing, it HURT my legs! If I was going to do this again, I would definitely keep my arms strait to give me more of a cushion so I won’t have to put so much pressure on my landing. I will be sure to clean this one up a lot more before my next post!

The demo team run by my mentor, Serg has been running pretty smoothly. In our 1 and a half hour class, we spend about half of it running through our demonstration so everyone is synchronized, the other half we practice neat demonstration tricks that I’ve never even seen or heard of before. Some of these include: the split kick (where you jump up in the splits and kick targets at your head level), the jumping front kick(a simple jumping front kick except you land on both feet at the same time, its harder than it looks!) and many others! I haven’t gotten any video but for my next post I will definitely try to film some stunts.

Now to answer some questions:

1. What kinds of learning opportunities does the mentor provide to expose you to new learning?

Since I see my mentor every Saturday during the demo team meeting, he is able to share a lot of his knowledge as well as some tips and tricks (ha get it) when it comes to tricking. This was especially true in the last demo team meeting we had last week, where he challenged me to match many of the tricks he was doing.

2. What kinds of learning opportunities exist to reinforce new learning?

I would say the best resources I have to reinforce my new learning are videos. Through watching videos of me doing the new tricks, and watching a professional, I can compare and contrast to figure out what I am doing right my trick.

3. What kinds of opportunities exist that might accelerate learning?

Again, videos are especially great for this purpose. I can view the clips for tricks and then see what I can improve on them.

4. When you get together what do you talk about?

When me and my mentor get together we usually talk about taekwondo or tricking since that’s why I found him. However since I’ve gotten to know him better we have been talking about more general things like what’s going on in the world as well.

5. What is going particularly well in your mentoring relationship right now?

I think that me and Serg have become decent friends through this project, which is good because I don’t feel awkward anymore being around him. This also means he can be more honest with his opinions because he knows that I can take it.

6. What are you learning about one another?

Me and Serg are learning more about each other in general. Things like music and movie preferences, and what sports we have in common are just a few of the many things we are learning about each other.